09/01/2013

Write an App to Improve Occupant Satisfaction and Energy Use

Energy Manager Q&A

 

 

BUILDINGS Assistant Editor Chris Curtland talks with Brett Sverkas, FM at the Earth Rangers Centre in Woodbridge, ON, about how writing his own apps impacts energy use.

What was the goal of your app?
I wanted to write an occupant engagement application. I wanted to make my job easier and have fewer headaches. By building an app where people make requests and they appear on an interface viewable by my staff, I bridged the communication gap.

The app works on any platform that has a web browser. The user interface has a virtual light switch and displays temperature and humidity on a thermostat. The app is also integrated into the BAS, so it knows when occupancy sensors pick up activity, card readers open doors, and computers are logged on.

How did you build your own app?
I’m self-taught. There are tutorials on YouTube, but I learned predominantly through www.lynda.com and www.vtc.com. Both cost about $30 per month and after about a month of courses, I could write a pretty basic application.

From there, I thought, “Technically, I can tie this system in, and I can add this functionality.” It built over time into an interactive building management system.

How does an occupant engagement app end up cutting energy use?
The backend has huge energy benefits. Now that everything is integrated, we can see if someone has overridden the lights. Also, the building can shut down after 45 minutes if it doesn’t sense any action.

Instead of having the building rigidly scheduled until the latest possible time someone is here – maybe 8 p.m. – if everyone leaves early on Friday, the building will go into shutdown basically right away. Scheduling has become dynamic and responsive. This impacts all building systems.

These energy benefits weren’t exactly unforeseen, but they were an evolution. Having an interactive building management system instead of a strict schedule allows you to respond in the moment.

 

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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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